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Theater's plans to be discussed by Newport Beach City Council

August 9, 2014

By Emily Foxhall, Daily Pilot, Costa Mesa, Calif.



Aug. 09--Council members will discuss how the Balboa Performing Arts Theater Foundation should continue to move forward with plans for the Balboa Peninsula space in a study session at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The theater closed in 1992 and stands empty with a sand floor, brick walls and a damaged roof, according to a staff report. A new proposal suggests it be refurbished as a fine arts center, with construction costs estimated at $3.37 million, according to the staff report.

Under the concept, the venue would be "a community space for performing arts, films and arts education," with emphasis on "arts education and exhibitions," a concept description provided to the council said.

Also at the study session, city staff will present city council members with information about statewide water conservation measures, as well as about past and future bicycle improvement projects in the city, according to the city agenda. The bicycle master plan will be discussed at a future meeting, the agenda said.

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Post Office Zoning Code Change

The Newport Beach City Council is scheduled to conduct a public hearing about a proposed zoning code change for the location of a post office on Riverside Avenue.

The space is currently designated for "public facilities," but an applicant wishes to change the designation for mixed-use, according to the staff report.

"No demolition or new construction is proposed at this time," the staff report said, but the post office said earlier this year that it will be losing it's lease Nov. 9.

Council members continued the item when it was discussed in April, hoping the applicant would provide more information.

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Balboa Bay Way

The traffic signal outside the Balboa Bay Club and Balboa Bay Resort may finally be getting a name: Balboa Bay Way.

Concierge Patrick Hynes had explained to the city council during a meeting in March that guests were continually calling to ask where to turn. There was no easy answer, he explained at the time; the traffic light outside the West Coast Highway location had no sign.

City staff applied to Caltrans for a permit to install a sign with a name, according to a staff report. Balboa Bay Way was suggested as the new name by the club and resort's general manager.

Caltrans told the city that the traffic signal was officially designated Balboa Bay Club and approval of their permit required a city council resolution to rename it first, the report said.

The item will be considered as part of the consent calendar during the regular meeting Tuesday, which begins at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Dr.

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